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Foster Mom Adopts Great Pyrenees After Rescuers Find Dog at Shelter with Open Wounds & Mange


A Great Pyrenees dog, now named Neo, was found wandering the streets of Houston in March 2018; he had a gunshot wound, mange and was extremely anemic.

Just over a year later, thanks to a local rescue and his new mom, Neo has transformed in amazing ways proving once again that stray dogs deserve a second chance.

TAGG Rescue is a dog rescue group based in Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas, and Colorado Springs, Colorado. They mostly rescue large breeds, like Great Pyrenees, and help them find forever homes.

Leah Forbes, the president of the rescue, told Liftable, a section of The Western Journal, “We bring in dogs from all over the state… We vet them and if they are not adopted in state or locally by the time they’re fully vetted then we move them to foster homes until adopted in Colorado.”

Neo was a perfect candidate for the rescue. Forbes said he was found with a rope around his neck before being transported to a local shelter. He had a gunshot wound, mange all over his body, was extremely anemic and tested positive for heartworms.

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Neo was found wandering the streets of Houston in March 2018. (Courtesy of TAGG Rescue)

It was a heartbreaking sight when they first saw him in the shelter and it was obvious that he needed extensive care before becoming ready for adoption.

Luckily, TAGG was able to place Neo in a foster home with Wendy Fox so that he could receive the veterinary care needed to bring him back to health.

Neo was found in poor condition with mange all over, open wounds and heartworms. (Courtesy of TAGG Rescue)

It only took a couple of months with Fox for Neo’s true colors to come out.

Within six months, he had gained over 40 pounds, gotten rid of his heartworms and looked like a completely different dog.

Neo (middle) went through an incredible transformation after being rescued and placed with Wendy Fox. (Courtesy of TAGG Rescue)

Now a year later, Neo has found his forever home with Fox who quickly grew to love the silly pup too much to let him be adopted by anyone else.

Thanks to the quick actions of TAGG Rescue, Neo was given his second chance at life and can now explore simple joys like sprinklers and big bodies of water.

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He is truly living his best life.

If you would like to follow more journeys like Neo’s, follow TAGG Rescue on Facebook or check out their website for information to see how you can help other gentle giants who are waiting for their second chance.

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Kayla has been a staff writer for The Western Journal since 2018.
Kayla Kunkel began writing for The Western Journal in 2018.
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